Obituary: Tenor Éric Tappy Dies at 93

By Francisco Salazar

Swiss tenor Éric Tappy has died at the age of 93.

Born on May 19, 1931, in Lausanne, Tappy went on to study with Fernando Carpi at the Geneva Conservatory and with Ernst Reichert in Salzburg.

In 1959, the tenor he made his concert debut in Strasbourg in the St. Matthew Passion and in 1974 he made his American debut as Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni” at the San Francisco Opera. That same year he also made his Royal Opera House debut in “La Clemenza di Tito.”

He went on to perform with many major theaters including the Opera Comique and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as well as theaters in Hannover and Geneva.

Tappy was known for his range of concert and operatic repertoire, which ranged from early music to the avant-garde. He retired in 1982.

Throughout his career, he left several recordings including “L’Orfeo,” “Pelléas et Mélisande,” “Die Zauberflöte,” “L’incoronazione di Poppea,” and “La clemenza di Tito.”